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Two labs get notice for overcharging for swine flu test

The Delhi government on Saturday issued notices to two private laboratories for overcharging suspected swine flu patients for their screening tests, an official said.

The notices have been served to South Delhi-based Healthcare Diagnostics near AIIMS and Harinagar-based Global Diagnostics, after a surprise check was conducted by a health ministry team on the directions of Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain on Friday night. These two labs were not authorised by the Delhi government to even conduct swine flu tests but they continued to do so without prior permission.

Also, these two laboratories are the sample collectors for Metropolis Diagnostic Centre in Delhi. On February 18, the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) had directed all the 10 laboratories designated for conducting swine flu tests not to charge more than Rs 4,500.

In the notices, the labs have been asked to explain within two days as to why their licences should not be cancelled for cheating people in distress by failing to comply with the specified norms.

Meanwhile, nine trainee IPS officers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad have tested positive for swine flu. “They were all admitted to different hospitals in the city. Three of them have already been discharged. Throat swabs were taken from all trainees who complained of cough/cold/ fever,” an official release said.
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